It has been a while since I had learned about Yves Saint Laurent's new beauty product: Babydoll Kiss & Blush. I immediately knew I wanted to buy at least on (they are so expensive) and I eventually did. Though I think it is a great product, it was not what I expected at all. Find out why.
Yves Saint Laurent is a French fashion house that also produces luxurious beauty products, such as the wonderful (and its best-selling) Touche Éclat highlighter. The Babydoll Kiss & Blush is a a two in one (meant for lips lips and cheeks) whipped mousse with a soft matte finish that can be blended on to your skin with your fingers or a brush. It comes in twelve gorgeous shades and I got #5, which is called Rouge Effrontee. According to Google Translate it means "Cheeky Red" (my French is that great) and I really love the name!
At first glance, the product looks like it is a fancy nail polish, but when you take the applicator out of the glass bottle you will notice it has a teardrop applicator so it can't be a nail polish. I like that it looks like something completely else and is used for something unexpected. This concept is quite similar to Benefit's lip & cheek stain! The teardrop applicator also allows for easy and precise application on your lips, but not so much on your cheeks. You really need to use your fingers for proper blending (or perhaps you have a brush that does the trick as well). My lighting was not as amazing in these pictures, so the color in the bottle looks more red than it does pink. There is more pink in the bottle but I definitely understand why it is called Rouge Effrontee, because I imagine it is supposed to make you a blushing beauty!
Here is a swatch. Again the color becomes more reddish than it should be on my photo, but at least you get to see the blend. It definitely looks like a mousse than blends well on my arm and gives off a lot of pigment. The first time I applied this to my cheeks this became a problem. My cheeks are very dry and sensitive to touch due to rosacea, so with a little bit of product it did not blend out properly. Because my skin is so dry I thought a mousse would be great (for example, cream blushes are usually great on my dry cheeks), but this one did not turn out as expected. I was really disappointed. It looked ok on my lips but it really went into the lines of my lips, which did not look that amazing. Luckily, practice makes perfect and I learned to use less product to spread it over my cheek. It is still difficult, because it does not blend properly on my dry skin and it can hurt at times to glide with my finger over my cheek. Perhaps I should consider using a brush for this product. Does anyone know a good brush for a mousse product on your cheeks?
Just one simple layer create a sheer effect that make your lips look healthier and with a second layer the color intensifies quickly and on my lips it becomes more fuchsia pink than reddish pink. Afraid to look like a clown again, I tried to blend Babydoll Kiss & Blush as carefully as I could on my cheeks. I do love the color, because it is really soft and sweet. However, even though it is a mousse I thought it did not blend as great as many other (cream) blushes I have! Not to be completely negative, though. The packaging is just amazing and the product leaves behind a stain on both your lips and cheeks so the durability is quite long. It lasted throughout the day on my cheeks and after eating most of the product left my lips but a stain remained. I do recommend to make sure your lips are not dry when wearing Babydolls Kiss & Blush, because even though the product hydrates, my lips did feel dryer afterwards. Unfortunately, considering the price is €32,85 I expected more and better, but I am still giving it a chance so I can find out (with tips and tricks) how this product can be improved for me. Have you tried one of the colors already? Do you have any ideas on how to use this product better on the cheeks?